Princess Charlene to return to Monaco ‘imminently’ after final procedure

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Princess Charlene is reportedly due to head home to Monaco, after a final operation to tackle an ear, nose and throat infection she contracted in May was successful. A royal commentator hailed the update as “good news”, after the 43-year-old spent several months apart from her husband, Prince Albert, and their two children. Whilst receiving treatment, Princess Charlene has remained in South Africa, her home country where she initially became ill. 

Speaking on the Podcast Royal show, royal commentator Rachel Burchfield said: “Good news, we haven’t really had good news coming out of Monaco in a while, but it looks like Princess Charlene of Monaco’s return home might be sooner than we think.

“The royal went in last Friday for what is being dubbed her ‘final procedure’ and she is expected to return to Monaco imminently.

“I’m really happy to see her finally headed home, we’ve been talking about this for months.”

The operation took place under general anaesthetic last Friday, with a source telling the French news agency AFP that she was placed “under observation for 48 hours”.

A Palace spokesperson has since confirmed that the operation “went very well”.

The former Olympian swimmer contracted the “serious sinus infection” whilst staying in South Africa with her family. 

The nature of her illness resulted in her missing a number of crucial events, such as the 10th wedding anniversary celebration with her husband Prince Albert, and her children’s first day at school. 

Due to her prolonged absence, it also sparked speculation around the couple’s marriage. 

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Royal commentator Jessica Robinson continued on Podcast Royal: “I know Prince Albert was interviewed on it and he basically said that they never intended for her to be over there for that long.

“There were some complications after her surgery and it led to that extended stay to get that worked out, and he and the kids went to visit in June and again in August.

“So I’m really glad he stepped up to hopefully put some rumours to rest, he also addressed the rumours directly and just said that their relationship is a target because of who they are and their platform.”

During an interview with People magazine in September, the 63-year-old Prince said: “She didn’t leave Monaco in a huff! She didn’t leave because she was mad at me or at anybody else.”

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Prince Albert is currently engaged in a court battle after it was claimed that he had fathered a love child in 2005, before his marriage to Princess Charlene. 

He already supports two illegitimate children that he fathered during the 1990s. 

The Sovereign Head of Monaco met Princess Charlene in 2000, after they met at the Mare Nostrum swimming meet in Monaco. The couple did not make their public debut until 2006, and married in July 2011. 

In 2014, the couple welcomed twins, Princess Gabriella and Hereditary Prince Jacques.

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